Cater your birth preferences to prepare for the unexpected.
I loved every second of being pregnant. For my entire blissful gestation, I lived and breathed all things baby. I read every book ever published on the topic (or at least every volume I could get my hands on) and … Continue reading →
Don’t let a breech baby turn your birth plan upside down.
The ups and downs of pregnancy can at times correspond quite literally to the position of your baby. During development, a fetus will naturally rotate multiple times while there is an abundance of room in the uterus. As the baby … Continue reading →
Congratulations, you’ve delivered a beautiful baby! Now it’s time to face the fallout.
The baby’s here, and your pregnancy complaints are over—but the post-delivery aftershocks are only just beginning… [Note:] These are typical effects of a vaginal birth. If you experienced complications during or following delivery, you may face additional challenges. Cramping my … Continue reading →
When your labor journey takes a surprising turn, learn to navigate a brand-new path.
You’ve loaded a playlist onto your iPod, cemented your stance on pain medication, and practiced your squat in the mirror. But when you’re in the throes of labor, your “givens” may require a little give-and-take. From insisting on silence in … Continue reading →
Some moms know as soon as they see that positive pregnancy test that they will be delivering with the aid of a pain-numbing epidural, thank you very much. But others might not be so sure they want to go … Continue reading →
The good, the bad and the useless: What do you really need in your labor day carry on?
Imagine for a moment that one twitch of your nose is all it would take to land you with a gentle thud on the other side of baby’s delivery so you could do a little information gathering—you know, see … Continue reading →
A few facts to keep you from going postal when you've gone postterm.
One of the most common questions a pregnant woman is asked after announcing she has a baby on the way is “When are you due?” And the askers are not often looking for a roundabout answer. They want a specific … Continue reading →
Labor is a good lesson in rolling with the punches. Unless you have a scheduled induction, there’s no way to know when it’s going to happen or how long it’s going to last. A full-term baby might arrive anytime between … Continue reading →
The ultimate multitasker The placenta is a pancake-shaped organ that grows alongside your developing baby from the moment of conception. Connected by the umbilical cord, this complex piece of biological equipment is filled with small blood vessels that act as … Continue reading →
Banking your child’s cord blood could be the smartest thing you’ll ever do.
A slew of thoughts ran through my mind when I found out I was expecting my first little bundle. Is it a boy or a girl? What color should I paint the nursery? Will he or she look like me? … Continue reading →